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August 27, 2013

Tragedy, mayhem fill the days

bporterfield@pvdemocrat.com — Tragedy and mayhem seemed to fill this past weekend in parts of Garvin County — from a fatal drug overdose to a youngster being stabbed.

Few details were available on Monday as a 3-year-old toddler was reportedly stabbed by its own mother on Saturday morning at a residence in the Stratford area.

The child is believed to have been taken to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment, while the woman was taken into custody.

No other information was available when officials with the Stratford Police Department could not be reached.

Equally disturbing was the fatal results of an oil rig worker who died after apparently consuming a large amount of methamphetamine while on the job.

“Our investigation shows it was a possible methamphetamine overdose,” said Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes on Monday. “It turned out to be fatal for him.”

Rhodes said an investigation showed it was a “high amount of methamphetamine” that likely killed Christophor Burton, 28, of Waurika.

It was this past Friday when Burton had been working on an oil rig west of Pauls Valley in the Whitebead area.

According to the sheriff, Burton reported to work that day and at about 11 a.m. his co-workers said he began acting strangely.

“He showed signs of paranoia and had to be relieved of his duties on the drilling rig,” Rhodes said.

“A little later he was found coming in and out of consciousness,” he said.

“We suspect he was using meth on the drilling rig, which is one of the more dangerous jobs out there anyway.”

An ambulance later took Burton to Pauls Valley General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead moments after arriving.

His body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Oklahoma City. No information was available on the preliminary findings of an autopsy.

In another weekend development the online video images of three juveniles vandalizing mailboxes in the Stratford area, posted by the trio themselves, led to their arrests.

The three young suspects are now facing criminal charges in the juvenile system for damaging at least nine mailboxes in the Oakdale community located south of Stratford in eastern Garvin County.

It all began on Sunday night when the first of the mailbox vandalisms was reported to the sheriff’s office here.

The online video postings showing the juveniles in the act of vandalizing a mailbox ultimately led to all three, ranging in age from 15 to 17, being arrested by PV police at a local convenience store.

“This is the kind of conduct that’s criminal and it will be dealt with appropriately,” Rhodes said. “A lot of times people think it’s fun and games doing something like this, but it’s criminal.

“This is another case of social medial helping us.”

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